'Short-term improvement but no long-term fix' for drought despite rains in North Dakota

According to the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, portions of southeastern North Dakota received up to three inches of rain over the two days (much higher totals were seen in other localized areas).

Areas of western North Dakota had totals ranging from a tenth of an inch, up to nearly an inch of rain.

“This past week there has been some nice rain in parts of North Dakota,” Wheeler said.

Despite the precipitation, dire drought conditions still continue to plague the state, as well as the surrounding region, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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North Dakota drought map released June 10, as of June 18 (U.S. Drought Monitor)

Not much changed in eastern North Dakota or western Minnesota, where the soil profile has gotten drier, Wheeler said. No rain fell north of Fargo in the Red River Valley, and the Minot, N.D., area continues to get “skunked when it comes to rainfall.”

And even where the rain fell, Wheeler reminds that warmer temperatures may counter

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